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Residents invited to Local Community Planning drop in sessions

11 January 2018

Residents from the eight District Electoral Areas are being invited to get involved in the Local Community Planning process, by giving their views on the resident engagement element of the governance model for the Local Community Growth Partnerships.

There will be eight partnerships tasked with overseeing the delivery of the Local Community Plans which are expected to be published in spring 2018 following a major public engagement campaign.

Community Planning is a new power which was handed to Councils in 2015 aimed at developing a shared, long-term vision to improve social, economic and environmental well-being in conjunction with partners and local communities

A number of residents’ drop in sessions will be held throughout the Council area beginning on Tuesday January 23rd, with nine events in total taking place.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, encouraged people to have their say on the next stage of the process.

“The Community Planning process is progressing well, and November saw the publication of the overall Strategic Growth Plan for the City and District,” he explained.

“The next phase of Community Planning will now see the completion of the eight individual Local Plans, covering the seven District Electoral areas and Strabane Town. Much work has already been completed in engaging with local citizens to produce the draft plans for each area, which define the priorities of each individual community according to their specific areas of need.

“We now move on to the establishment of the governance structures which will ensure the successful delivery of the strategies on the ground. I would encourage anyone with an interest in the development of their local area to come along and have their say on the governance arrangements of the Local Community Growth Partnerships in particular on resident engagement”.  

The sessions, will be facilitated by Fearon Consulting on behalf of Derry City and Strabane District Council. The resident drop in sessions will take place in community venues in each electoral area on January 23rd, 24th and 30th and are open to everyone. Residents from any area can attend sessions at any venue, and those attending will have the chance to give their views on governance arrangements and how they would like to be kept informed as the process evolves.

Council officers will work closely with the community via the eight area based Local Community Planning Groups in establishing the governance structures for the Local Growth Partnerships to ensure the full and effective delivery of the plans.

Citizens, businesses, community and voluntary sector representatives and statutory partners can sign up to be kept informed about Local Community Planning online at www.derrystrabane.com/localplans.